‘I’m sick’ Former Seymour Middle School teacher accused of molesting 12-year-old student

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SEYMOUR, Ind. (July 16, 2015) – A former Seymour Middle School teacher was arrested Tuesday, July 14 following an investigation into his inappropriate relationship with a 12-year-old student.

Aaron Murray, 40, is charged with two counts of child molesting.

According to a probable cause affidavit, police became involved when the victim’s father contacted authorities. The father told police his daughter’s friend called him on July 1, and she told him that “Mr. Murray” put his hands on the victim and tried to kiss her on the lips.

The girl said she wasn’t sure how many times it happened, but she said the victim pushed him away.

The father told police Murray is the victim’s 7th grade math teacher and her after-school tutor.

He also said his daughter’s behavior changed significantly since the start of 7th grade. She closed herself off to her family, she began cutting herself, and she had sleeping problems.

The victim’s mother told police she thought very highly of Murray because he was the Bible study teacher at Seymour Nazarene Church (The Point).

Officer’s interviewed the victim, and she told police Murray picked her up from her house multiple times, drove her to a secluded location, “French kissed” her, and touched her breasts and vaginal area while rubbing his penis. During one particular incident they didn’t return home until 3 a.m.

She also Facebook chatted with Murray on a regular basis. In one Facebook conversation, Murray told the victim he couldn’t control himself around her, and he even said, “I’m sick.”

When police interviewed Murray, he stated several times he knew what he was doing was wrong, but he couldn’t stop.

Police say Murray is cooperating with them, and the investigation is ongoing.

The Seymour Nazarene Church says Murray was involved with their ministry in the past, but he was not actively involved at the time of his arrest.

Michelle Cooper, attorney for the Seymour Community School District,  confirms the Seymour School Board took action Tuesday, July 21 to terminate Murray.

Murray is back in Court September 3.

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